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Repairs in Douglas Harbour Needed to Protect Newbuild Ferry from Storms

23rd September 2022
The Isle of Man Steam Packet's newbuild will be longer than the current ferry, the Ben-my-Chree. This will necessitate the project which is expected to be completed before winter 2023.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet's newbuild will be longer than the current ferry, the Ben-my-Chree. This will necessitate the project which is expected to be completed before winter 2023. Credit: BBCNewsisleofman/facebook

Douglas Harbour is to undergo major works that are needed to protect the new Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry, the infrastructure minister has said.

Chris Thomas said the project would reduce the risk of damage to the Manxman and the harbour in high winds.

The plans would see repairs to the walls of King Edward VIII Pier and fenders and mooring bollards replaced.

The proposed works are scheduled to start in later summer next year and be completed ahead of the winter.

Construction works, which would take place around scheduled ferry sailings, would make sure the new larger vessel was "well-protected heading into the winter months", Mr Thomas said.

Under construction in South Korea, the Manxman will be 26ft (8m) longer than Ben-my-Chree and is due to come into service in spring.

More details writes BBC News on the new installations required to berth the newbuild.

Published in Isle of Man
Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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